The Texas Stars moved to within one win of the Calder Cup Finals, defeating Toronto 2-1 Saturday afternoon in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at Ricoh Coliseum.
The Stars lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Monday night in Cedar Park.
Taylor Peters scored the game-winning goal for the Stars, putting home the rebound of a Matej Stransky shot to snap a 1-1 tie with 10:58 remaining in regulation.
Scott Glennie also scored for Texas. Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 17 of 18 shots to improve to 8-3 in the postseason.
The Stars had a 17-5 shots advantage in the first period, but the Marlies scored the only goal and it came on their first shot. A Spencer Abbott centering pass deflected off the stick of Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth and past Nilstorp to give Toronto a 1-0 lead 41 seconds into the game.
The Stars had their chances in the first. Dustin Jeffrey hit a post and the Stars had three power play opportunities, but couldn’t take advantage.
Texas’ penalty kill came up big in the second, thwarting a 1:35 Toronto five-on-three power play to keep it a one-goal game. And just 20 seconds after the penalty kill, the Stars scored to tie the game.
As the Stars controlled play in the Toronto zone, Glennie jumped on the ice during a line change, took a pass from Derek Meech and scored off a shot from the left circle to make it a 1-1 game at 11:10 of the second period.
The Stars tallied the game-winner midway through the third when Stransky put a shot on net off the rush, Peters won a battle for the rebound and backhanded the puck past Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre at the 9:02 mark of the third.
The Marlies pulled MacIntyre late in the game for the extra attacker, but could not get the equalizer and now the series shifts back to Cedar Park with the Stars holding a 3-2 lead.
*The Stars outshot the Marlies 33-18.
*Dustin Jeffrey and Curtis McKenzie led the Stars with four shots on goal each.
*Stars forward Scott Glennie has three goals over the last four games and a total of four goals in 13 playoff games.
*Stars forward Taylor Peters scored his first Calder Cup playoff goal.
*Toronto’s Spencer Abbott has scored four goals over the last two games.
*The Marlies have scored first in all 12 of their playoff games.
*Texas was 0-4 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.
Texas Stars lineup
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Mike Hedden – Dustin Jeffrey – Scott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Chris Mueller – Brett Ritchie
Taylor Peters – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Patrik Nemeth – Jyrki Jokipakka
Jamie Oleksiak – Cameron Gaunce
Derek Meech – Maxime Fortunus
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